Vibrant Events in and Around the HarbourWhat's on

As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth is a spectacular setting for world-class events, festivals, shows and all-round entertainment, many of which take place along the vibrant waterfront.

Sutton Harbour and the adjacent Barbican host a diverse range of events all year round from international sailing events to live music festivals. Popular events such as Plymouth Pirate Weekend, Plymouth Seafood Festival and the British Firework Championships attract huge crowds to the harbour for free, family-friendly fun in a stunning location.

Sutton Harbour and the adjacent Barbican host a diverse range of events all year round from national sailing events to live music festivals

As well as community events, venues in Sutton Harbour often host their own themed nights and exciting activities.

The National Marine Aquarium is renowned for its exciting and educational events exploring a different side to the underwater world which cater to both children and adults. HonkyTonk Wine Library is a popular destination along the harbourside and has regular evening and weekend events including comedy nights, dancing lessons and charity fundraisers. Their neighbours, Daisy’s Tea Room and Coffee Shop, also host a range of themed evenings and special afternoon tea events.

More event opportunities are on their way to the harbour. Sutton Harbour Group has applied for planning permission to install two large floating event pontoons in the harbour. The pontoons will be available to host a wide range of events on the water including live music concerts, exercise classes such as yoga on the water, floating film festivals and many more.

The harbour will also be a key destination during the year-long events programme for the Mayflower 400 commemorations, with Sutton Harbour being the home of the Mayflower Steps.

Due to the Covid 19 situation, most events have been rescheduled to 2021 and more details will be available here soon.

Sutton Harbour & the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch On -TBC

22nd Nov 2020
TBC due to the current Covid-19 situation. A day of festive cheer along the harbour with Christmas activities, live performances and a chance to meet Santa himself. As the evening draws in the count down to the light switch-on begins.

Illuminate

18th Feb - 21st Feb 2021
Rescheduled from November 2020, this is a fantastic celebration of art and light brought to the people of Plymouth to brighten up the winter sky and commemorate  Mayflower 400.  More information to follow including confirmed venues.

Mayflower Ocean Festival

3rd May - 9th May 2021
Rescheduled from May 2020, there will be a week of celebrations centred around sailing and watersports in and around Sutton Harbour.

On the Water Plymouth

3rd May 2021
New for 2021, this watersports events aims to encourage everyone to try a little splashing action including kayaking, SUP, sailing there will be a selection of land based stands with information on how to get out on the water from many local organisations.

Plymouth Pirate Weekend

8th May - 9th May 2021
Grab you hat and head off to the waterfront for a swashbuckling day of fun. This award-winning family event returns to Plymouth’s waterfront and promises to give you a great adventure-filled day out.

OSTAR & TWOSTAR Sailing Races

9th May 2021
Two major transatlantic sailing races will depart the Royal Western Yacht Club at QAB next May (rescheduled from May 2020). The Original Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Two-handed Transatlantic Race (TWOSTAR).

Mayflower International Festival

8th Jul - 11th Jul 2021
The key events that would have formed Mayflower Week, originally due to take place in September 2020, have moved to next July 2021 and comprise: • Rehabilitation Triathlon hosted by the Royal Marines: 8 July 2021 Mayflower Muster: 10 July 2021 Mayflower Four Nations Public Ceremony: 11 July 2021

Sail GP

17th Jul - 18th Jul 2021
Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, has been selected to host SailGP’s Season 2 European debut when the global league’s events restart in 2021. Following the season opener in San Francisco in April and New York in June, the championship will return to UK shores July 17-18 for the third event in Season 2, featuring the world’s fastest sail racing. Plymouth Sound provides a natural amphitheatre for this incredible spectator sport.

British Fireworks Championships

11th Aug - 12th Aug 2021
A spectacular show of fireworks across 2 days as 6 teams compete with their wonderful displays from Mount Batten breakwater. They can be admired across the city with best views from Sutton Harbour, the Hoe and seafront.

Seafood & Harbour Festival

11th Sep - 12th Sep 2021
A new event building on the success of the former Seafood Festival is coming to Sutton Harbour for all the family to enjoy. Visitors will be able to enjoy a range of food and drink stalls and street food vendors, selling everything from fresh fish to delicious treats to enjoy at home, plus entertainment…more details to follow.